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Past Initiatives

Gender and Family

In March 2003, the BCBCB Gender Project met at UC Santa Barbara to develop preliminary proposals for external funding. Organized by Suad Joseph and co-funded by UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, and University Outreach and International Programs (UOIP), the meeting was attended by representatives from the American University in Cairo (AUC), the Lebanese American University (LAU), UCLA, UC Santa Barbara (UCSB), and UC DavisGender group participants included facilitator Suad Joseph from UC Davis, Nancy Gallagher from  UCSB, Garay Menicucci from UCSB, Nuha Khoury from UCSB, Mona Khalaf from LAU, Cynthia Nelson from AUC, Cynthia Anthony from AUC, and Helen Rizzo from AUC. The event began with an introduction from Suad Joseph and reports from previous meetings. Various project groups assembled, developed proposals, and planned fundraising strategies.

On March 22, 2003, the Center for Middle East Studies of UCSB held its fifth annual Middle East Studies Regional Conference at the university Multicultural Center. The Women and Gender Working Group gave a panel with Chair Suad Joseph and discussants Cynthia Nelson of AUC, Mona Khalaf of LAU, Nadia el Cheikh of AUB, Sondra Hale of UCLA, Nancy Gallagher of UCSB, Garay Menicucci of UCSB, and Omnia El Shakry of UC Davis.  

In April 2003, the BCBCB Gender Group met in UC Davis, with representatives from AUC, and UCLA. Funding came from UC Davis UOIP Seed Grant. This workshop was organized by Suad Joseph with the goal of working on the Gender Project Proposal.

In June 2003, the BCBCB Gender Group met in Beirut, hosted by LAU. Fifty faculty members from UCD, UCLA, AUB, AUC, and LAU participated in the conference and workshop. The workshop was co-funded by UC Davis’ UOIP and LAU, and co-organized by Suad Joseph and Mona Khalaf of LAU.

In April 2004, the BCBCB Gender Group met at UC Davis. Suad Joseph organized a meeting between representativesfrom AUC, Birzeit University, and UC Davis to develop a new strategic plan. 

In February 2008, Suad Joseph, Nevidita Menon of Delhi University, and Martina Rieker, organized the workshop  “Gender and Modernities in the Middle East & South Asia” at AUC.

From June 2009 through June 2010, BCBCB Coordinator Suad Joseph, worked with the Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development in Qatar, to develop proposals for collaborations with UC Davis on family studies.


Genetics

In 2008, Pierre Zalloua of the Lebanese American University (LAU) visited UC Davis College of Biological Sciences and UC Davis Department of Anthropology to discuss collaborations around DNA research, give the Storer Lecture and meet with key research partners. The visit was hosted by the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences and co-organized by Dean Kenneth Burtis and Suad Joseph. Pierre Zalloua returned to UC Davis in October 2009. In 2010, he made a three day visit to the American University in Cairo (AUC) as a Distinguished Visiting Professor to establish collaborations between LAU, AUC, and UC Davis’ biotechnology programs. In March 2012, Vice Chancellor Harris Lewin began a discussion with him concerning mitochondrial DNA research. In January 2015 he visited UC Davis to continue the collaborations.


Law

In April 2009, Professor Hani Sayed, Chair of American University of Cairo's graduate program in Law, visited UC Davis, for one week, hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. School of Law. He worked wih faculty of law colleagues to develop action plans for collaboration.


Public Health and Medicine

Musculoskeletal Disorders: UC Davis Professor in Biological and Agricultural Engineering Fadi Fathallah,spent one quarter sabbaticals at the American University in Beirut (AUB) working on musculoskeletal disorders among full-time homemakers and migrant agricultural workers. He worked in collaboration with AUB professors Rima Habib and Iman Nuwayhid of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) and gave a lecture on Health and Safety Research in California Agriculture. He continued to give yearly guest lectures from 2005-2011 for AUB’s FHS and conducted outreach at the Iraq Agricultural Higher Education and Development (AHEAD) meeting at AUB from 2009-2011. He also served as UC Education Abroad Program Study Center Director at the American University in Cairo (AUC). He and Richard Tutwiler of AUC received a small grant from AUC’s Office of Research to examine musculoskeletal disorders among AUC agricultural and ground maintenance workers. In July 2011, He visited the Universite Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK) in Lebanon on behalf of the UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences to explore potential collaborations between UCD and other BCBCB university programs. 

Hepatitis C Virus: AUC PhD student Reem Al Olaby conducted part of her doctoral research on the hepatitis C virus at the UC Davis Medical Center from August 2011 to March 2012. 

Salt and Vascular Health: In July 2011, Kamal Badr – the founding Dean of the LAU School of Medicine, Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Medical Education, Associate Chair for Medical Education in the Department of Internal Medicine, and Director of the Vascular Medicine Program at AUB – met with Suad Joseph to discuss collaborations with the UC Davis School of Medicine on salt and vascular health. Suad Joseph contacted Claire Pomeroy, Dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine connects Associate Dean Kamal Badr with Carl Keen (UC Davis Nutrition), Francene Steinberg (UC Davis Chair, Nutrition), David McCarron (UC Davis, Nutrition).


Natural Resources

In November 2001, 60 faculty members from the American University of Beirut (AUB), the American University in Cairo (AUC), the Lebanese American University (LAU), and the University of California (UCD, UCB, UCLA, and UCSB) met for a workshop in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting. The workshop lasted for one day in Washington, DC, for the purpose of small target groups meeting to plan possibilities for collaborations. After receiving an introduction to the BCBC consortium, project groups developed partnership project ideas, presented preliminary proposals and reports, and planned for fundraising. Present at the meeting from the water project group were Co-Facilitator Mutasem El-Fadel of AUB, Co-Facilitator Bassam Younis of UCD, Nicholas Hopkins of AUC, Sharif el Musa of AUC, Fouad Hashwa of LAU, Scott Scooper of UCSB, and William Hoffman of AUB.

In March 2003, the BCBC Water Projects met in UC Santa Barbara (UCSB). Organized by Suad Joseph and co-funded by UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, and University Outreach and International Programs (UOIP), the meeting was attended by representatives from AUC, LAU, UCLA, UCSB, UCD, and UOIP. The group developed a preliminary proposal for external funding. 

The BCBC Water Projects Meeting took place on March 21, 2003 in the University of Santa Barbara Multi Cultural Center. Those present from the water group were facilitator Scott Cooper from UCSB, Mutasem El-Fadel from AUB, Bassam Younis from UCD, Nicholas Hopkins from AUC, Sharif el Musa from AUC, Fouad Hashwa from LAU, William Hoffman from AUB, Ann Kerr from UCLA, and Osman Galal from UCLA. The schedule of the event included an introduction from Suad Joseph, reports from the November 2002 meeting, a first session where the various project groups assembled and developed proposals, a second session where the various project groups assembled and developed proposals, and a discussion in which the various groups reported back and planned for raising funds.

On March 22, 2003, the Center for Middle East Studies of UCSB held its fifth annual Middle East Studies Regional Conference. The event was held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the UCSB Multicultural Center. The Water and Environment Working Group held a panel, which included Chair Scott Cooper of UCSB and discussants Sharif Elmusa of AUC, Mutasem El Fadel of AUB, Fouad Hashwa of LAU, Bassam Younis of UCD, and Salem A. Thawaba of the University of Arkansas. 

In October 2007 the Water Project met at UC Davis. Faculty members present include Richard Snyder, and Wes Wallender of UC Davus, Nadim Farajallah of AUB, Richard Tutwiler of AUC, and Jean Chatila of LAU. The gathering was co-organized by Richard Snyder and Suad Joseph.

In October 2009, The Middle East Irrigation Outreach Program Workshop met in Beirut to finalize funding proposals.  Participants include AUB, AUC, LAU, Zagazig University, University of Jordan, UC Cooperative Extension and UC Davis.  The lead Principal Investigators (PIs) were Richard Snyder, Wes Wallender, and Khaled Bali. Participants from AUB were Nadim Farajallah and Nahla Hwalla, participants from UCD were Richard Snyder, Suad Joseph, and Khaled Bali, participants from AUC were Richard Tutwiler and Stephen Everhart, participants from LAU were Fouad Hashwa and Jean Chatila, the participant from Zagazig University was Atef Sweilem, and participant from the University of Jordan was Ayman Suleiman.

In December 2009, Joseph met with water project scholars at Birzeit University.

Early efforts finally merged into a major research project under Associate Dean Jim Hill of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis in 2010.

In July 2011, The BCBCB Group applied with Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Italy (CMCC, Italy) for funding of the Water Project proposal to “Cross-Border Cooperation within the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), Mediterranean Sea Basic Joint Operational Programme."In March 2003, the BCBC Water Projects met in UC Santa Barbara. Co-funded UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, and UOIP and organized by Suad Joseph, the meeting was attended by AUC, LAU, UCLA, UCSB, UCD, and UOIP (Raba Gunesakara). The group developed a preliminary proposal for external funding. 

The BCBC Water Projects Meeting took place on March 21, 2003 in the University of Santa Barbara Multi Cultural Center, Lounge and Seminar Room. Those from the water group present were facilitator Scott Cooper from UCSB, Mutasem El-Fadel from AUB, Bassam Younis from UCD, Nicholas Hopkins from AUC, Sharif el Musa from AUC, Fuad Hashwa from LAU, William Hoffman from AUB, Ann Kerr from UCLA, and Osman Galal from UCLA. The schedule of the event included an introduction from Suad Joseph and reports from the November 2002 meeting, a first session where the various project groups assembled and developed proposals, a second session where the various project groups assembled and developed proposals, and a discussion where the various groups reported back and planned for raising funds.

On March 22, 2003, the Center for Middle East Studies of the University of California, Santa Barbara held its fifth annual Middle East Studies Regional Conference. The event was held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the UCSB Multicultural Center. The Water and Environment Working Group held a panel, which included Chair Scott Cooper of UCSB and discussants Sharif Elmusa of AUC, Mutasem El Fadel of AUB, Fouad Haswa of LAU, Bassam Younis of UCD, and Salem A. Thawaba of the University of Arkansas. 

In October 2007 the Water Project met at UC Davis attended by key UC Davis faculty (Richard Snyder, Wes Wallender), AUB (Nadim Farajallah), AUC (Richard Tutwiler), LAU (Jean Chatila) Co-Organized by  Richard Snyder and Suad Joseph.

In October 2009, The Middle East Irrigation Outreach Program Workshop met in Beirut to finalize funding proposal.  Participants include AUB, AUC, LAU, Zagazig University, University of Jordan, UC Cooperative Extension and UC Davis.  The Lead PI’s were Dr. Richard Snyder, Wes Wallender, Khaled Bali, UC Davis with co-organizers Richard Synder and Suad Joseph. In July 2011, The BCBCB Group applied with CMCC, Italy for Funding of the Water Project Proposal to “Cross-Border Cooperation within the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), Mediterranean Sea Basic Joint Operational Programme." (Organizer:  Richard Snyder.)


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